The ARU Welfare Fund is an independent Trust, separate to the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), established to provide financial and other assistance to persons who have been involved in the game of Rugby and are in necessitous circumstances. Three independent Trustees consider applications and determine the extent of any such funding or assistance.
The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to Rugby participants in need by reason of injury, accident, ill health, disability or other misfortune. Such assistance may be way of funding or contribution to education, medical equipment, advancement in life, assistance with mobility, legal advice or contribution to another fund established to support the applicant beneficiary.
Beneficiaries of the fund are persons, residing in Australia, and who are players or former players (or their dependants) or other participants in the game of Rugby Union played under the jurisdiction of the Australian Rugby Union or one of its affiliated bodies. Participants include a player, referee, touch judge, coach, trainer, selector or other individual involved in the organisation, administration, promotion or in any other capacity associated with the game of Rugby Union.
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